How to Disable Edge Swipes on Kiosks
Posted by Travis Fleenor on 14 August 2018 10:20 AM
Many Windows 10 systems have a capability called edge swiping that brings up an application navigation/select dialog when a user performs a touch gesture swiping in from the left or the right side of the screen.
Many times, companies wish to disable this feature so that particularly tech savvy visitors are unable to gain access to the desktop, file system or Operating System of the Kiosk hardware. On most versions of Windows 10 this can be disabled using local group policy or registry settings. A very well written tutorial on how to accomplish this can be found here on tenforums
However, there are versions of Windows 10 where neither of the techniques covered in the tutorial can be used. In this instance the process is a bit more complicated but works just as well. This way of turning off edge swiping is actually even more secure as it completely disables Windows File Explorer.
The steps for doing this are as follows.
This will disable the File Explorer and Run the Kiosk just after startup. With File Explorer disabled, edge gestures should not function.
To test this restart Windows. Log in is normally set to happen automatically but if not log in. Wait a minute or two. The Kiosk should open and edge swipes should be disabled.
If File Explorer needs to be accessed on the device plug in a keyboard, press ctrl+shift+esc to run task manager then go to File->Run new Task. Type in explorer and hit ok. To re-disable it either run the batch file again (this will also run the Kiosk) or run command prompt as admin and execute - taskkill /f /im explorer.exe